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Tango0120 Mar 2017 1:02 p.m. PST

…in Pelusium.

"Some days you just feel like invading Egypt. All the cool empires do it, from the Assyrians to the Persians to the Romans. And if you fancy marching your forces into the Nile Delta from the east, until about the 12th Century A.D., you were likely to have to contend with the border-fortress of Pelusium, an Egyptian frontier strongpoint (30 km to the southeast of the modern Port Said) situated to deter incursions from the direction of Syria or the sea. Consequently, Pelusium regularly found itself under siege. The Assyrians attacked in the 8th Century B.C., the Persians in 525 and 343 B.C, the Phrygians in 373 B.C., Alexander in 333 B.C., the Seleucid Empire in 173 B.C., the Romans in 55 B.C., the Muslim Conquest in 639 A.D., and it was finally razed to the ground in 1117 A.D. by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem. Not the kind of place to raise a family. Lots of people being put to the sword on a regular basis, or slowly starved as angry armies hurled rocks and less savory projectiles over the walls. Like Chicago. Should you experience an overwhelming urge to advance on Pelusium, I would advise drafting a zoologist or two, or at the very least a phalanx of ferocious friends with fin, fur, and feathers, as combatants of the bestial variety seem to frequently have played a decisive role in the many Battles of Pelusium…"

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